Which company offers more value? Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO) or AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AU)

The shares of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) and AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) soared to 2.11% closing at the price of $20.8 whereas the shares of AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU) soared 0.47% with the increase of 0.04 points closing at the price of $8.49. Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. has currently increase 13.6% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival AngloGold Ashanti Limited subtracted -10.35% in the previous 6-months.

Now we have to analyze the facts that if the stocks were worthy off investors’ money? The facts to analyze here are risks, profitability, returns and price trends.

Returns and Profitability

Profitability and returns are the main reason of investment, the investors are looking for profits that they get and return they should expect over the period of time.

The first and foremost return that is considered while making an investment is the ROI or Return on Investment. The ROI is the ratio between the profit against the cost of investment. Currently the ROI of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) is 2.3% while the ROI of AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU) is -0.6%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, DO’s EBITDA Margin is 10.78 whereas AU’s is 4.02.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) reported $-0.33/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $-0.39/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 15.4 Percent. While, AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU) reported EPS of $0.12/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $0.18/share depicting a Surprise of -33.3 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than AngloGold Ashanti Limited. so DO is more profitable than AU.

Technical Analysis of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. & AngloGold Ashanti Limited

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. was in BULLISH territory and AngloGold Ashanti Limited was in BEARISH territory.

DO’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with LOW volatility. While AU’s candle is BULLISH with MEDIUM.

EPS Growth Rate: DO’s 0% versus AU’s 25.9%

Another shareholder value can be analyzed through the EPS growth rate; the next 5 years EPS growth rate is predicted by the analysts after the analyzing the previous trends. The next 5 year EPS growth rate of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) is predicted at 0% while AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU) stands at 25.9%. These numbers suggest that AU is more suitable investment in terms of EPS growth rate.

Financial Risk and Liquidity Concerns

The current ratio and the debt ratio are the two ratios that show the investor how quickly the company is able to payout its debt and how quickly it can cover its obligations. The current ratio of DO stands at 4.2 while AU is at 1.8 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.79.

The values of the both ratios suggest that one is more liquid and other investment is more risk free.

Analyst Recommendations

While making an investment, another main factor to consider before investing is the analyst recommendation on the scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is strong buy, 2 is buy, 3 is hold, 4 is Sell and 5 is strong sell. Analyst recommend 3.5 for DO and 2 for AU which means DO has Sell rating whereas AU has Buy rating.

Another recommendation of analyst that is to be considered worthy is the price target. The mare price or price trend does not suggest the suitability of a stock. The price target set by analyst is also to be considered while investing as it suggests to what extent the stock will rise or fall in the near future. The price target set for DO is $16.21 which is -28.32% of its current price while AU has price target of 13.07 which is 35.04% of its current price.

Valuation Ratios

Valuation is the process of determining the company’s worth for an investor, the valuation ratios give an insight to that worthiness.

DO currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 0 whereas AU has 192.95 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 0 and for the later it depicts the value of 9.2.

The price to Book P/B for DO is 0.77, Price to Sale is at 2.24 and for AU these ratios stand at 1.35 and 0.8.